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ESFA Primary School Festival – Slough Town FC

ESFA Hosts Primary School Festival alongside England International at Slough Town FC in conjunction with The PFA

The ESFA primary school festival ran in partnership on Friday evening (8 March) thanks to specialist funding from the PFA. The event was a triumphant hit with all in attendance, this was visible from the smiles on everyone’s faces.

10 schools from the Berkshire area participated in the festival. The event took place at Slough Town FC from 3pm. The event was a celebration of Primary schools’ football and a chance for local schools to display their abilities and compete against each other.


Schools that took part were :

Slough Schools:

Lynch Hill

Holy Family Catholic School

Dedworth School (A team & B team)

Priory School

Montem Academy

Wokingham Schools:

Hawkedon Primary School 

South Lake Primary School

West Berkshire Schools:

Long Lane Primary School

Reading Schools:

St Mary & All Saints C of E Primary School


The festival consisted of mixed teams from year 5 and 6 at each school in a 7-a-side format.

Matches lasted 10 minutes each and the festival consisted of two leagues with winners and runners up going into a plate competition and main competition.

The final presentation took place at 5:00pm, declaring Dedworth Schools’ A Team as the competition winners, with Montem, Lynch Hill and Long Lane taking 2nd to 4th place, respectively.

The Primary presentation took place just ahead of the England v Wales in the Centenary Shield fixture, which will kicked off at 7 pm. You can watch the full England v Wales match here.



We would like to thank all the primary schools that took part in Friday’s festival and also the PFA (Professional Footballers Association), for supporting this wonderful opportunity.






Football Development

Jack Tarr makes New Year’s Honours list 2019

Former Sports teacher and headmaster turned Vice Chairman of the ESFA will receive a BEM …

Jack Tarr, a former English Schools FA council member will be honoured with a BEM for services to sport and the community in Bassetlaw. 

The 79-year-old has been active in his support for sports such , as football, cricket and table tennis across primary schools in Bassetlaw.

John Tarr, 79, of Worksop, has been awarded a BEM for services to Sport and the community in Bassetlaw

“It was surprising to hear. I’ve had lots of help from parents in schools and colleagues and my wife to help kids take up sport.

“I just wanted to help kids get an enjoyment out of playing sport. “

Jack Tarr


Jack played a big role in the formation of girls’ football competitions in Bassetlaw. During his leadership of Bassetlaw Schools’ Football Association, girls were allowed to play in mixed teams at a junior level for the first time. 

On top of the meaningful work he does for the ESFA he also remains president of the Nottinghamshire Schools Cricket Association.

Congratulations on your BME Jack we are very proud of you and thankful for all your work!